Giving birth is huge, but having a baby is also huge for the father, not just the mother. His life is turned upside down too and the bond between father and child is an amazing one. One I have loved to watch since this picture below was taken when our oldest Lucas was just born. Yes daddy is was tired, but come on, they do have it a little easier. However, I can’t imagine it’s hard to watch their partner go through so much and feeling helpless.
I don’t know what I would have done if my husband didn’t have paternity leave. I really don’t. Those first few days, weeks, months go by in a blur of sleepless night, awe and bubbling of emotion. Each one of my births have been traumatic and I can honesty say I couldn’t have gotten through the first few weeks without my husband being on hand to help, give me a break, a hug or just listen. It’s the little things, especially at first, you are worried to leave your baby alone to even go to the toilet. That all changes, but, when it’s your first, everything is a worry.
When the two weeks were up, I panicked, I didn’t think I could cope. I did of course, but it would have been a lot easier a transition to have my husband off for longer. Not only that, both of us are working parents, both balance our work and family lives. Wouldn’t it be great for the father to have some of that time off to spend with the baby, let them bond a little longer? Now they can with the changes in paternity leave. Although it doesn’t affect us now, I welcome these changes and think they are a great opportunity for fathers and fathers to be.
As of the 5th of April 2015, new legislation came in to force about changes in parental leave. This means that eligible parents can now split the parental leave where they can take time off together (more than the two weeks available for paternity leave) and enjoy the time more time together as a family.
Citrix GoToMeeting have produced this simple and effective infographic on how the changes with affect families, you can read more about it on their page.
What do you think about shared parental leave?
Disclaimer:- This is post is done in collaboration with GoTo Meeting, but all opinions are my own.